Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle will host a rare exhibition of Jim Flora’s original art, fine art prints, and Flora ephemera from September 22 through October 24, 2007. The opening reception is on Saturday, September 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM will feature appearances by Flora scholars Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon, as well as musical interludes of period exotica by the Moon Spinners. Many works will be available for sale at remarkably affordable prices. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s lively Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
Fantagraphics published the book The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora back in February of this year, which was a follow-up to their earlier book The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora. For more on Jim Flora and his art, check out his website.
James (Jim) Flora is best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s). He authored and illustrated 17 popular children’s books and flourished for decades as a magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence. Cute â€” and deadly. His peerless work is presented in extravagant oversize coffee-table editions with enlightening supporting material.
While at Columbia Records (in the late 1940s) and RCA Victor (in the 1950s), Jim Flora created some of the most amazing album cover art of all time.